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Spring 2019 Gallery and Work


Verde Attendance

100% attendance - spring term

96% + attendance spring term

100% punctuality autumn and spring term


In literacy we have been writing a non-chronological report based on the ancient Greek Olympics. As part of the report, we used purple mash to write about the similarities and differences between the ancient Olympics and the modern day Olympics. 

Some of the children's work can be viewed by clicking on files below:

Greek Olympics 1

Greek Olympics 2

Greek Olympics 3

Greek Olympics 4

Greek Olympics 5

Computing - National Story Telling Day

It was National Story Telling Day on Wednesday 20th March 2019. This year’s theme was myths and legends and, luckily for us, we have been learning about Ancient Greek myths. Therefore, we used our knowledge of Theseus and the Minotaur to recreate the story on purple mash in our computing lesson. We had lots of fun creating our sprites of Theseus and the Minotaur. Do you like them?

History- Greek Artefacts

We explored a variety of artefacts from Ancient Greece. We looked closely at the artefacts and discussed what we thought they were and were used for in Ancient Greece.

Some of the artefacts had ancient Greek writing on, but we couldn’t read what it said!

Some of the items we guessed correctly what they were and used for like the sandals, but other items we really struggled with like the boxing leathers.

We really enjoyed our afternoon.


In PE, we have been working hard with Lisa. We have been continuing to develop our forward and backward rolls, out head and handstands and our cartwheels. Some of us have even been trying our back flips and front hand sprain.

Check out your child’s individual FreeFlowInfo account to see some more videos.

World Book Day 2019

For World Book Day, Year 5 organised a book swap shop. Many children all over school brought in their pre-love books to swap for a book that someone else had brought in.

It was very successful and the children were pleased with their swaps.

RNLI Visit

There's nothing quite like the buzz of being near the water, but, in excitement, it's easy to forget about staying safe.  Lifeguards from the RNLI have been in school teaching us how to stay safe. 

Remember to:

Stop and think- what dangers do you see?

Don't be caught out on your own- STAY TOGETHER

If you fall in, stay calm and FLOAT to live

Someone in trouble?  CALL 999 OR 112 and tell them that someone's in trouble in the water

Science Week

As part of Science Week 2019 (March 11th-March 18th) we completed an investigation where we tested different materials for their properties.

We tested wood, plastic, glass, metal and fabric for conductivity, magnetivity, hardness and transparency.

We then evaluated them depending on which would be the best for a Greek warrior’s armour.

Which material do you think we chose?

Samson plays fair

We worked so hard with Kylie from the foundation of light that Samson came into school to see all the work we had produced. It was fun to see him. Check out our Team photographs with our work below.

Travelling by Tuba Workshop

We took part in the travelling by tuba workshop. We all played an instrument and accompanied a piece of music that Chris and Stuart played which was inspired by Mexican Salsa music.

We really enjoyed ourselves.

Food Tasting

As part of our new topic (Ancient Greece) we tried some Greek foods. We evaluated them on their appearance, smell, texture and taste. We then gave our opinion on whether we like them or not. We are going to create a Greek flatbread recipe based on our top tastes.

Samson plays fair

We have been working with the foundation of light to design a new game. We have worked alongside Kylie and completed various activities on fair play, including challenging stereotypes and discrimination.

We will continue to work with Kylie next term.

Police Visit

The police came in for a visit. They talked to us about how to keep safe outside of school. They also talked to us about different types of bullying including the consequences and what might happen if we break the law. Many of us were shocked about what is illegal and can result in being arrested by the police.

National Story Telling Week

For National Storytelling Week we read some children’s storybooks and created our own class story baskets.

Jade Class (Mrs Ward’s) created an Alice in Wonderland basket. They made 3D teacups, a pop-up book and made some props for other children to use when reading or acting out scenes from the book.

Verde Class (Miss Fenwick’s) created a Noah’s Ark basket. They made a pop-up book using scenes from the story and created portholes for what the animals might have seen when looking from the Ark. They also created animal picture cards with numbers to help the children in Key Stage 1 count in twos.

These story baskets are in our reading area for other children in the school to enjoy.




In RE we have learning about Sikhism. We have leant about how and when Sikhism were founded and about their beliefs. 

We learnt about the 5ks of Sikhism. Here are a few pictures of us trying on some items that Sikhs wear everyday. 

Kara - bangle

Kirpan - sword

Kacha - shorts

Kangha - comb

Kesh - hair

Christingle Making


In Year 5 we are incredibly proud of Charlie, who has just participated in his first boxing fight!